India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,01,139, Death toll at 3,163

COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 1,01,139, with 3,163 fatalities. There are 58,802 active cases while 39,173 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 35,058, followed by Tamil Nadu – 11,760, Gujarat – 11,745 and Delhi – 10,054.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday said that the states and union territories cannot dilute guidelines issued for the lockdown 4.0 that will continue till May 31.

“States/Union territories cannot dilute restrictions imposed vide the aforesaid guidelines issued by MHA. States/UTs based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in various zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary,” the statement said.

Government of India is pursuing its pre-emptive and pro-active approach for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19, according to official release.

In terms of confirmed cases per lakh population, India has so far about 7.1 cases per lakh population vis a vis approx. 60 cases per lakh population for the world as a whole, according to Health Ministry.

Union Ministry of Health has issued new guidelines on May 17, to the States for categorization of red/orange/green zones. As per these guidelines’ states have been asked to categorize districts/ municipal corporations, or if warranted subdivision/ ward or any other administrative unit as red/orange/green zone as per their field assessment.

This has to be done based on multifactorial analysis on the combination of the parameters shared by MoHFW, which are namely, total active cases, active cases per lakh population, doubling rate (calculated over 7 days period), case fatality rate, testing ratio and test confirmation rate.